In the Augusta State men's last game of the Paine Classic on Saturday evening, Jaguars coach Clint Bryant won the 100th game of his coaching career, defeating Allen University 94-82.
The Jaguars (2-0) broke out to an early 11-3 lead, and the closest Allen got after that was 22-20 midway though the first half. After leading 44-33 at the half, Augusta State maintained a comfortable lead for the rest of the game.
Junior guard Chad Cook, who transferred to Augusta State after his freshman year at South Carolina State, led the Jaguars with a career high 28 points. Of his outstanding performance, Cook said, "I got a lot of good looks at the basket, and my teammates got me the ball in good position. I also got to the line a lot, and that's probably how I scored so many points."
Before fouling out with 3:18 left, freshman Oliver Ottley, a graduate of Richmond Academy, scored 24 points, to give him a 27.0-point average for the tournament. Senior center Jeff Frazier chipped in with 15 rebounds for the Jaguars. The Jaguars host Shorter College in their next game on Monday night at 7:30 p.m.
The tournament finale featured the Paine men and the Hornets of Morris College. Senior forward Leroy Grant, known around campus as "The Elevaor Man," came off the bench to score 19 second half points, leading Paine to a 78-66 victory.
Grant, who finished the game with 22 points and 13 rebounds, was fouled as he hit a layup with 5:40 remaining to give the Lions a 56-55 lead. After Morris forward Tyrone Legette's dunk tied the game at 57-57, Grant scored 10 more points in the final 4:00 to seal the victory.
Up until the final five minutes of the game, the battle was hotly contested, as the lead exchanged hands several times. Paine led 34-31 at halftime, but Reggie Williams led a second half run for Morris, scoring 12 points to finish with a team high 20. At the 6:00 mark, Williams hit a layup to give Morris a 55-54 lead, and then Grant began his one man show for the Lions.
"We had a good defensive effort tonight," said Paine coach Ron Spry. "We stole the ball a lot, and the momentum swung our way." Paine's next game is at home against Morehouse Tuesday at 8 p.m.
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